- Campus Jobs for students in USA and Canada
- On campus job rules for U.S.A bound students
- Off Campus Job rules for U.S.A bound students
Because these internship programs are integrated with the student's academic program, and is a required part of the coursework, the internship qualifies as Curricular Practical Training (CPT), from the very beginning of the program, and the employment is permitted by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS).
Two such internships programs, the HTIR program and the Schiller International University Work Study program, are highlighted below. With both of these programs, international students can work full-time from their first day on campus!
- HTIR Co-op Programs
"HTIR International Resources, Inc. (HTIR), is a global advisory and student support provider that has established Cooperative Education Programs at numerous colleges and universities throughout the United States. Students enrolled in the HTIR Cooperative Education Program:
- will be able to study in a fully accredited American college or university,
- will have the legal right to work in full-time, paid, Curricular Practical Training (CPT) employment with American based companies for the entire length of their degree program, and
- will be able to earn American wages, valuable work experience, as well as a recognized master degree upon completion of the program".
With the HTIR program, either part time or full time employment is allowed. All of the internship positions are with off-campus US-based companies in the vicinity of the university. Wages are paid at the same rate as for domestic workers in similar employment and vary from minimum wage for entry level CPT applicants and higher wages for those with more skills and work experience. Classes are offered during daytime, evening and week-ends to accommodate the student's schedule.
Visit the official HTIR sign up page to apply for the HTIR program and obtain more information.
- The Schiller International University Work Study program
Schiller International University, located in Largo, Florida offers a similar program for its international MBA candidates in one of the following concentrations: Executive MBA and MS Computer Engineering programs.
All co-op applicants will be required to be employed in CPT working with an American company in the Clearwater-Tampa-St.Petersburg metropolitan area. Under the Schiller program, Internship jobs can be part-time (about 20 hours per week) or full-time (40 hours per week), as the student may choose. Classes are offered on week days, evenings and week-ends to accommodate the various work schedules of the students.
Visit the official Schiller international university work study program page to learn more and apply.
Note that several institutions offer similar programs in the USA e.g the US department of state's student internship program (browse the pdf version). Students may have to contact schools directly to find out if they participate.